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SHIPPINGInsight 2017 to Offer More Learning and Networking Opportunities

NORFOLK, Va. – Aug. 24, 2017 – The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight report that the 2017 Fleet Optimization Conference and Exhibition is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever, with more top speakers, sponsored educational seminars, panels, roundtables, industry awards and networking opportunities.

Now in its sixth year, SHIPPINGInsight is the premier annual maritime technical symposium in North America. The 2½ day event will take place Oct. 10-12 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Connecticut.

SHIPPINGInsight co-director Carleen Lyden Walker observed, “This year’s conference topics reflect the trends and developments that are at the top of shipping companies’ concerns. The agenda has been built around timely themes, including the impact of digitalization, challenges of regulatory compliance, ballast water treatment, alternative fuels and propulsion technologies, cybersecurity and software solutions. We have put together an impressive lineup of CEO/COO-level speakers from some of the world’s leading shipowners and ship management companies who will share their perspective on the issues facing the industry.”

The conference agenda, under the chairmanship of Michael Wilson, president and COO (Americas) of Laurin Maritime, will include five panel sessions and six open-discussion roundtables, with more than 50 total speakers. In addition to the formal conference, the schedule includes more than 19 hours of scheduled networking events. “One of our goals at SHIPPINGInsight is to create an atmosphere of collaboration and information sharing, not only in the formal conference agenda, but also in informal networking between shipping companies and technology suppliers,” said Jim Rhodes, SHIPPINGInsight co-director.

Online registration for the event is open at The $200 early-bird discount expires Sept. 15.

The exhibit hall for SHIPPINGInsight 2017 is nearly sold out, but there are still a handful of booths available. To book a space, contact Frank Soccoli, +1.434.295.6642,

About SHIPPINGInsight

Now in its sixth year, SHIPPINGInsight is the premier North American technology conference and trade show for the international commercial maritime industry. It brings together shipowners, ship managers and technology companies to discuss solutions to improve ship and fleet efficiency. The event is co-produced by Soccoli Associates LLC, a maritime consultancy; Rhodes Communications, Inc., an international communications firm specializing in the maritime industry; and Morgan Events LLC, a conference and event planning firm.

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